14 January 2020
The incredible women behind the Marilyn Jetty Swim are back in 2020, celebrating seven years raising funds and awareness for Cancer Council SA.
Established in 2014, the Marilyn Jetty Swim has become an iconic part of the Channel 7 Brighton Jetty Classic and sees more than 150 women (and a few men!) swimming or paddling 400 metres around the Brighton Jetty—all dressed head to toe as ‘50s icon Marilyn Monroe.
Since the event started the incredible Marilyn’s have raised more than $380,000 for Cancer Council SA, which has gone towards supporting all South Australians impacted by cancer.
Event founder Sarah Tinney says the swim is an incredible celebration of sisterhood in action, while also raising money for a cause very special to her heart.
“I first began fundraising for Cancer Council SA in 2006 when I found out that my mother, who lived in the US, was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I felt helpless because I was so far away, so fundraising was my way to support her from across the globe. After she passed away in 2007, supporting people impacted by cancer became even more important to me,” she said.
Sarah said that the idea for the Marilyn Jetty Swim started as a light-hearted conversation with some of the ladies at her local surf club.
“They knew I was passionate about supporting Cancer Council SA and suggested I take part in the swim all in the name of fundraising,” she said.
“I’m not athletic but agreed to do a swim out to the jetty with a floaty on two conditions—I’d make it comical by dressing like one of the most iconic women to grace our screens and I’d be joined by lookalike decoys so people couldn’t identify me swimming!”
A handshake sealed the deal and the Marilyn Jetty Swim was born. Now, seven years on and $380,000 later, the swim has become an annual event for hundreds of women every year, each with their own story.
“At the heart of every Marilyn is one common drive—to make a difference in the lives of people living with cancer,” said Sarah.
“United by shared cancer experience, the Marilyn’s are a sisterhood of support who are determined to do something positive and raise funds that will change the future of cancer,” she said.
“It’s a really special day for me. I love the fact that it empowers women by bringing them together to do something truly positive, often in the face of tragedy.”
“For some it is a way to remember those currently going through treatment, whilst for others it’s a chance to remember those who are no longer with us,” said Sarah.
There’s no sign of the seven year itch stopping the Marilyn’s in 2020, with more than 150 women expected to don the iconic white bathing suit and take part in the swim on Sunday 2 February.
“Our inspiring muse, Marilyn Monroe, once said, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world!”…We say, just give her the right bathing suit, a blonde wig and a touch of red lippy!”
For more information on the Marilyn Jetty Swim, visit: https://www.cancersa.org.au/get-involved/fundraising-events/marilyn-jetty-swim
About Cancer Council SA
Cancer Council SA is South Australia’s leading cancer charity working across every aspect of every cancer. Here in SA, every day, we support families affected by cancer when they need it most, speak out on behalf of the community on cancer issues, empower people to reduce their cancer risk, and find new ways to better detect and treat cancer. With your help, we’re getting closer to a cancer free future every day. Find out more at www.cancersa.org.au.